Tuesday, November 3, 1998 Published at 15:29 GMT
New sex claims at Anwar trial
Anwar's wife awaits her husband's arrival at court
At the politically sensitive trial of the former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, the first witness for the prosecution has delivered fresh allegations of homosexuality.
Mr Said said that in 1997 a letter and a sworn statement emerged accusing Mr Anwar of adultery and sodomy.
The prosecution alleges Mr Anwar then persuaded police officers to force retractions by the writers of the two statements.
"A poison-pen letter has become evidence," Mr Anwar said as the trial adjourned after just over three hours.
He said he had talked personally to people who said they had sex with Mr Anwar.
Mr Anwar's sacking and subsequent arrest has provoked widespread demonstrations and political unrest.
Mr Anwar denies charges of corruption and illicit sex and says he is the victim of a political conspiracy.
Outside the court, armed paramilitary soldiers and riot police again surrounded the courthouse, but no trouble was reported.
Prime Minister Mahathir said that the illegal demonstrations by Mr Anwar's supporters are "an exercise in futility".
Few seats have been made available in the public gallery for diplomats and human rights observers, and the United States has led international complaints about the exclusion of official observers.
"By not allowing the international community to come in and observe the trial, the prime minister is undermining the name of the country," UN Rapporteur and Malaysian lawyer Param Cumaraswamy said outside the court.
The case resumes on Wednesday.